What am I allowed to do but not be sinning and still be in God’s will? We think to ourselves, is this ok or that ok? What are God’s boundaries for our life? Where’s the line? We’re asking the wrong question. If we try to get as close to that imaginary line as we can without going over it, the problem is, our backs are toward God. We should be asking, instead, how far away from that line can we get by getting closer to God and what we can do that edify’s and brings glory to Him and brings credibility to ourselves. We should be going the other way, opposite of that boundary line. We should be running, walking, crawling, or at least headed in a similar direction of God. We should be FACING Him. When you try to get up to the line, you may still be technically “in-bounds” to use a sports analogy, but you’re heading toward the wrong end zone (see, I know some football terms!). That’s not what God wants and that’s not what He created us for. We’re supposed to have a relationship with our Heavenly Father. Why do we think He’d be okay with us turning away from him so we can “check out” where His boundaries are.
Some examples of things we do that take us close to that line are: telling little white lies, cheating on our taxes, flirting with a co-worker, staring/ogling at an attractive person, gossiping, telling dirty jokes, watching TV shows that have questionable content, watching movies that have inappropriate content, listening to music with offensive content, using swear words, maybe even substituting those swear words for alternative words, ect, ect, ect. The list could go on and on. You get the idea. There may be something that you do that you don’t even consider it to be breaking His boundaries. Not everything we do in those “gray areas” of life are wrong, necessarily . But just ask yourself, will God be happy if I continued to stay in these “gray areas”? Think about it.
He wants all of you. He wants you to choose Him. He wants to grow close to you and the only way that happens is if you’re continually moving toward Him and not away from Him. No one likes to talk to someone when their back is to them. Neither does God, I suspect.
So, don’t ask how close to the line you can get. Instead, ask how far away from the line that you can get by getting closer to God. He loves you. He’s waiting for you to come home.
You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; (Ephesians 4:22 NIV)
What are some examples of things that you do that bring you too close to that line? Please leave a comment!